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Umbrellas Parent Support Groups


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Support from fellow parent-carers is one of the most effective ways in which parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities build resilience and emotional wellbeing. Parents also tell us their most valuable source of information, support and advice is other parent-carers.

To help parents build networks of mutual support we run seven parent support groups in Burgess Hill, Chichester, Horsham (relocated from Billingshurst), Littlehampton, Shoreham (new group – see below), Worthing, and online via Zoom. Known as Umbrellas, our groups provide an informative, supportive, relaxed and non-judgemental environment within which parents can swap life experiences, share hints and tips, seek advice and share information and resources.

Thanks to lottery funding our Umbrellas groups also benefit from a small fund which parent members can use to commission, plan and participate in activities that promote health & wellbeing, for example, head and shoulder massages, resilience workshops, mindfulness, group picnics, etc.

Autumn Umbrellas

Please see flyer below for further details and locations, or click to open in a new tab/window.

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New Group in Shoreham

Expansion of our Umbrellas support groups continues to gather pace with our third new group this year ready to launch in Shoreham in September. Following on from new groups in Burgess Hill and Chichester, the Shoreham group will bring our total number of support groups to seven and in doing so, ensure we can extend our reach across West Sussex. If you are a parent-carer based in Shoreham or surrounding areas come along to our first meeting at Southwick Community Centre on the 12th September. We look forward to seeing you there.

Umbrellas Flyer - New Shoreham Group - Southwick Community Centre on the 12th September
New Umbrellas Group in Shoreham

How to join in

Our groups meet monthly during term time in Burgess Hill, Chichester, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing, as well as online via Zoom.

If you are interested in joining an Umbrellas group please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy on 07951 794734 or via email.

Burgess Hill Umbrellas

The Cherry Tree Centre
Fairfield Road, RH15 8QB

Chichester Umbrellas

Donnington Parish Hall
Stockbridge Gardens, PO19 8QT

Horsham Umbrellas

Horsham Family Hub (The Needles)
Three Acres, RH12 1RS

Littlehampton Umbrellas

Creative Heart Community Hub (upstairs)
42 Beach Road, BN17 5HT

Shoreham Umbrellas

Southwick Community Centre
Southwick Street, BN42 4TE

Worthing Umbrellas

Durrington Community Centre
2 Romany Road, BN13 3FJ

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